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My DH, Rich, and I decided to do what any sane person would do the day after Thanksgiving - avoid the shopping and work off that turkey dinner from the day before - and those 500 calorie cupcakes!  So, we took off for the trail to  Looking Glass Rock.  I had tried the trail one time previously, but had to turn back before I made it to the top due to slick ice all over the trail.  This time, we made it to the top.  Surprisingly, there were only a few people there and none stayed long so we had the place to ourselves for a while.  The hike was a great way to get out and enjoy the day.  Tomorrow promises to be colder, so we'll just have to see if there's anymore hiking this weekend.  This is probably the last weekend for a while that I'll be up in the mountains.  Every winter, Rich travels to Florida and hit the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Next weekend will be Merritt Island and we're really looking forward to trying out those long lenses for some shots of new birds (new to us anyway!). 

 
 
It's been slow on the hiking side so I've spent some time catching up on documenting some of our past hikes - I've added a couple of hikes we took this summer on the Trail Descriptions page.  It also keeps me dreaming of spring time.

In another month or so, we'll be heading out on our "winter adventures".  Every year, we spend time hiking in Florida, photographing the migrating and wintering birds and soaking up the mild Florida winter sun.  Merritt Island is one of our favorites, so that will be top on our list.  I also hope to do a trip down to the Everglades sometime next year before it starts to heat up again.  But we'll see if I can fit that one on the agenda. 

Until then, have a Happy Thanksgiving and wishing an uneventful travel for all those going to Grandma's house for the holiday!
 
 
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We decided to go over to the Wilson Creek area of the PIsgah National Forest today to explore Little Lost Cove Cliffs.  While you can make this a loop hike of about 4.5 miles, we opted to take the shorter route to the cliffs.  First stop was to explore the remains of an old homestead (including an abandoned, rusted out wood stove) and then on to the main trail.  After a nice hike through an old apple orchard, we finally reached the cliffs.  What a view!!  And to top it off, we saw 2 Peregrine Falcons.  It appears we were there right around the time they usually close off the cliffs due to Peregrine activity, so we really lucked out on being in the right place at the right time.